Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:11 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds on requiring the root password for mundane tasks. "So here's a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace 'my kids' with 'sales people on the road' if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place." Yes, it's harsh (deal with it, Finns don't beat around the bush), but he's completely and utterly right. While there's cases where it makes sense to disable certain settings (public terminals, for instance), it is utterly idiotic that regular home users have to type in their root password for such mundane tasks.
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changing security manually
by stabbyjones on Wed 29th Feb 2012 00:02 UTC
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I've never looked into it as i don't manage Linux professionally but shouldn't there be a way of assigning users the ability to do these things?

It might not be simple but there has to be a way of assigning users/groups access to the required privileges.
Personally I've never had to look at this because i maintain my own systems so i know the root password.
But I'd have thought that that's what users and groups was for in the very least.


and adding a printer via the Administration screen. If you get a permission error, try adding yourself to the group lpadmin. E.g. if you are user "tom":

sudo usermod -a -G lpadmin tom

Edited 2012-02-29 00:09 UTC

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